A primary school in south-east London plans to become one of the first in the country to run its own triathlon this July, in memory of a GB age-grouper whose children attend the school.
Warren Road Primary School in Orpington will be holding a short triathlon on 4 July, involving a 40m swim in the school pool, then three loops of the playground on the bike and one loop on the run. It’s being organised by parent Diana Bryant, whose husband Gary was a keen triathlete before he succumbed to cancer last year.
“My hope is to allow all children to experience and enjoy a triathlon,” says Diana via email to 220. “And in turn this allows me to give something back to Warren Road primary school. The general feeling amongst the children is one of excitement and intrigue into this new sport. The school is a ‘sporty’ school and the head himself is a keen cyclist who reached a competitive level.”
They’ve already recruited supported from various partners: Huub is providing prize vouchers, Cycles UK are doing bike safety checks, and Tesco will be donating nutrition such as waters and bananas.
“We hope that the kids embrace this opportunity to see what a great sport triathlon is,” Diana adds. “With this in mind tentative discussions have been had around setting up a triathlon club if the up take for the event is strong and interest going forward is there.”